Centerpiece Footed Bowl Aurora and Cephalus
By Francesca Niccacci
Descriptions & details
The subject on this wall plate is Aurora and Cephalus, as represented in the fresco by Agostino Carracci (or Annibale Carracci) on the ceiling of Palazzo Farnese in Rome in the 17th century.
The story of Cephalus and Aurora is told in Ovid's Metamorphoses and deals with love, jealousy and revenge. Aurora, the goddess of dawn, fell in love with the beautiful Athenian Cephalus and carried him to the heavens with her. However, he was in love with his wife Procris and rejected her. She allowed him to return home, privately swearing vengeance. She caused a spirit of jealousy to infect their marriage and, indirectly, caused the death of Procris.
Dimensions (inches): 20x8h
Dimensions (cm): 50x20h
Handmade & hand-painted in Deruta, Italy
Francesca Niccacci lives in Deruta, where she started her own business in 1975. Her ceramics have won her awards and praises on both sides of the pond. Francesca's work is eclectic, ranging from Renaissance-style portraits to geometrics, from traditional Deruta patterns to bold new collections. Yet, whatever the challenge, she consistently achieves the most striking results driven by indisputable talent, experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm.
Deruta is a small town in Umbria, in the heart of Italy. It has been one of the most vital centers for the production of Italian ceramics since the Renaissance (15th century). Today, Deruta is highly regarded worldwide for the fine quality and beauty of its pottery.